Ek taraf hai sara zamana – Bhupinder/Asha/Manna/Rafi – Lakmikant-Pyarelal | Chor-Sipahee (1977)

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Movie: This song appeared in 1977 Murugan Enterprises’ action drama Chor-Sipahee (Thief-Police) directed by Prayag Raaj and produced by Shyam Sundar Shivdasani. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, late Vinod Khanna, late Parveen Babi, Mac Mohan, Aruna Irani, Narendra Nath, late Durga Khote, etc.

Raja Dada (Vinod Khanna) is a petty thief and is captured by the police during a heist. His unmarried sister Bharti (Parveen Babi) and mother (Durga Khote) wash their hands off him. The next shot is of Police Inspector Shankar (Shashi Kapoor) on a criminal-catching spree. Shankar is a reformist. He does not arrest criminals. But, he reforms them. When he gets to know about Raja’s family, he decides to reform Raja for the sake of his mother and sister.

In the meantime, Raja is invited by Sheikh Jamal (Ranjeet) to partner him in smuggling gold. Jamal asks for 0.2 million rupees for the same. Raja takes the help of Priya (Shabana Azmi) to fleece her father (Krishan Dhawan) for the money. They take 50 thousand rupees more and build a hospital for the poor. Raja and Priya have fallen in love with each other. Shankar overhears Bichoo (Mac Mohan) informing the police about the heist. Raja, disguised as a Sufi singer, and Priya sing this song during the inauguration of the hospital.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

The gist of the song is, “The world is not constant. It keeps changing its attitude. I follow my heart. If our hearts are in the right places, life is fun. On one hand is the entire world. On the other hand is my crazy heart.”

Video: Cinematography is by Peter Pareira.

The video opens with Vinod Khanna and Shabana Azmi dancing with other dancers. They also begin to sing. His mustache falls down and Mac Mohan recognizes him. Shashi Kapoor gags him and takes him inside a vacant house. Shashi Kapoor also disguises as a Sufi singer and stealthily goes behind Vinod Khanna to tell him about the mustache.

Vinod Khanna somersaults to backstage and leaves the place. Shashi Kapoor takes the other actor’s place near Shabana Azmi and begins to sing. Aruna Irani is also performing as a female Sufi singer like Shabana Azmi. Everybody comes down on the ground and continues dancing. Actor Bhagwan has also joined them.

Narendra Nath, playing the role of a police inspector, finds out that Mac Mohan had been hidden in the vacant house. He rescues the actor and comes to catch the disguised Shashi Kapoor, who escapes. The song peters out and the video ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Bhupinder Singh, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey and Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performance is by Shashi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Aruna Irani and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song has a lot of Sufi influence and has been composed as a Qawwali. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.

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